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Story Magic: An Interactive Theme Park Seminar

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Acomb Ostendorf & Associates

906 Railroad Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32789

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This course is appropriate for anyone looking to be involved in creative work in the themed entertainment industry, whether working as a writer/content creator, a visual designer, a show director or producer or any of the disciplines that support these. It is a browed-based curriculum but comprehensive in giving a pragmatic and memorable rundown of the most important principles and best practices.

The game-like interactive second session will be engaging, fun and creatively inspiring/challenging for the participants, bolstered by the very practical and comprehensive material delivered in the first half.


ITINERARY:

Prologue: Who Is This Guy? - A quick self-introduction, including these topics, presented in fun storytelling form.

- What Is A Show Writer - This job title is one of the hardest to define, but by way of numerous examples from my own career, I both answer the question and provide an informal visual resume

- How I Got Started - It’s everybody’s first question, so I tell my own somewhat oddball story of how the Great Movie Ride provided a bit of a springboard, and how my own journey is completely non-replicable!

Unit One: STORY: What Is It? How Is It Used In Theme Parks and Themed Entertainment?

STORYTELLING PRINCIPLES - Types of Narrative - The basics of structure, style and voice as used in the industry

SHOW: What Is It and What Does It Mean In Theme Parks and Themed Entertainment?

Topic: Disneyland is Theme Park Storytelling 101!

COMMON TROPES AND APPROACHES: Tropes aren’t just for TV. Our industry has them, and it’s worth looking at examples, and begin thinking of ways to use, subvert or reinvent them.

STORY AND DESIGN CRITERIA: There are proven methods and philosophies that any designer or creative content provider must understand. Plenty of real-world examples both triumphant and troubled.

15-Minute Break

Unit Two: STORY AND SHOW DESIGN: Working together to create living story experiences

FOR SHOW DESIGNERS: How To Work With A Writer or Story Creator

FOR WRITERS: How To Work With Show Designers and Show Producers Simple principals will get all disciplines “speaking the same language.”

VOICE: What It Is and How To Use It - Sometimes also referred to as tone, everyone on a project must be in agreement on HOW the story is going to be told, and what emotions, reactions and moods are going to be invoked.

Topic: “I Met My Favorite Character!” If you do nothing else, get this right!

CATEGORIES AND CASE STUDIES: Many of the ideas and principles discussed before come together here, in a discussion of original content vs. IP, ways in which original intent evolves over time or gets changed and uprooted, and the importance of being flexible and adaptable in a creative industry where the only constant is change.

Lunch Break

Unit Three: THE PROCESS - LET’S CREATE THEMED STORY!: An Interactive Lab In Creative Storytelling and Design

The entire process, from initial brainstorm, through executive approvals, creative development, practical challenges, on-the-fly changes, and final turnover are not simply discussed, they are LIVED in a fun multi-team interactive game environment.

It begins with the presentation of a master plan for a new theme park. Teams will select from among several “lands” and project types to find out what sort of story they will create.

In addition, each team chooses a group leader, designated as the Show Producer, and a Story Principle, who gives the evolving concept some nomenclature and story polish. Between rounds, these two will present the team’s project, receive feedback, and sometimes be presented with unexpected real-world style curveballs that will challenge the team to rethink, re-strategize, or perhaps rebel.

All of the lessons and techniques learned in the first half of the day get put to use in this imaginative and challenging session. And participants are encouraged to keep thinking creatively about their concepts even after the workshop is over.



Bio of Darryl Pickett:

Darryl Pickett is a Show Writer and Creative Development veteran of the theme park industry. He was a Walt Disney Imagineer during the 90s, and continues to consult for them. He has written scripts and story content for attractions at all four Orlando Disney theme parks, contributed voiceover and song lyrics to Disney events and shows for Disney Cruise Lines, created character dialog for Disney video games, and even has an animated robot character named after him.

Alongside the expert team at AOA, he has created content for Universal Creative, Merlin Entertainment, Sea World and many others. Internationally, he has helped design parks and attractions in China, Japan and Brazil. He is also a journeyman actor, singer and songwriter. He appears almost every week Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows on International Drive, and has also written comedy/mystery material for them. He is working on his second novel.

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